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One man's fight to save his reputation, then his life

Margie Thomson

In May 2012 Auckland businessman Matt Blomfield found himself the target of a vicious online attack, the work of Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater. The attack came out of the blue, destroying Blomfield’s reputation and career, stealing his identity, turning him into a social outcast. Two years a…
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In May 2012 Auckland businessman Matt Blomfield found himself the target of a vicious online attack, the work of Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater. The attack came out of the blue, destroying Blomfield’s reputation and career, stealing his identity, turning him into a social outcast. Two years after the online attack began an armed gunman came to Blomfield’s house and tried to kill him. He only survived because the intruder’s shotgun misfired.

But Matt Blomfield decided to fight back. He spent seven years and many hundreds of thousands of dollars taking a defamation case against Slater, which he ultimately won, establishing that Slater’s vendetta was based entirely on lies.

This book is a remarkable piece of investigative writing, a story of courage and tenacity, which reminds us how important it is to stand up to bullies, and to be reassured that in the end they do not always win.

about the author

Margie Thomson’s many books have brought the stories of extraordinary people to wide audiences. Her titles include Womankind, All Blacks Don’t Cry, The Good Doctor and The Resilient Farmer.

She has a Masters of Creative Writing with first class honours from the University of Auckland, and she won the Sir James Wallace Publication Prize.

Additional information

Weight 0.6 kg
ISBN

9780947503819

Pages

302

Size

234 x 152 mm

Format

Paperback

Author

Margie Thomson

Published

May 2019

Listen to Margie Thomas 95bFM podcast

Listen to Matt Blomfield on Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan RNZ

Listen to Update on Matt Blomfield on Whale Oil on RD

Read about Whale Oil – ReadingRoom’s Xmas 10 best-non ficiton 2019

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